Quotations on Writer

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I have a huge respect for writers and realise that this is not an area that I find easy. I doubt that I would have the patience in front of a blank sheet of paper to become a writer.
- Jenny Agutter
(Keywords: Doubt, Patience, Respect, Writer, Writers)

Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
- Edward Albee
(Keywords: Truth, Fact, Reality, Will, Writer, Writers)

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.
- Russell Baker
(Keywords: Work, Suspicion, Writer, Writing)

For almost anyone who chooses to be a writer, since so very few writers are able to learn a living from their work that is equivalent to the living earned by the average dentist or accountant.
- Russell Banks
(Keywords: Work, Living, Writer, Writers)

While I would agree that I write about serious subjects, and that they're not necessarily the most pleasant subjects or even the most pleasant people, as a writer I just think about the humorous aspects of these things - that's what keeps me going when I'm writing a story.
- Ann Beattie
(Keywords: People, Writer, Writing)

I was very pleased, obviously, to have outsold such great writers. But I'm not insane - I do realize that I am a popular writer who people buy to take on vacation.
- Maeve Binchy
(Keywords: People, Popular, Vacation, Writer, Writers)

Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
(Keywords: Living, Reality, Writer, Writing)

The importance to the writer of first writing must be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.
- Elizabeth Bowen
(Keywords: First, Importance, Value, Writer, Writing)

A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.
- Gwendolyn Brooks
(Keywords: Education, School, Writer, Writers)

I think it's a short story writer's duty, as well as writing well about emotions and characters, to write story.
- Eric Brown
(Keywords: Duty, Emotions, Writer, Writing)

I view myself primarily as a trial lawyer who happens to be writing, as opposed to a writer who happens to be a trial lawyer, so the audience is like a jury to me.
- Vincent Bugliosi
(Keywords: Jury, Writer, Writing)

The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.
- Augusten Burroughs
(Keywords: Life, Work, Being, Future, Literature, Study, Writer, Writing)

You become a better writer by writing. You become a better travel writer by writing about travel.
- Tim Cahill
(Keywords: Travel, Writer, Writing)

I wanted to be a writer from my early teenage years, but I never told anyone. Writers, in my opinion, were god-like creatures, and to say I was striving to be a writer would be incredibly arrogant.
- Tim Cahill
(Keywords: God, Opinion, Teenage, Writer, Writers, Years)

Remember Graham Green's dictum that childhood is the bank balance of the writer? I think that all writers feel alienated. Most of us go back to an alienated childhood in some way or another. I know that I do.
- John Le Carre
(Keywords: Balance, Childhood, Writer, Writers)

I've known Shawn for several years. And he's just an amazing talent. He's a great writer, a marvelous, marvelous guitar player, and plays really good fiddle.
- Guy Clark
(Keywords: Talent, Guitar, Writer, Years)

I tend to have an odd split in my mind: I tend to look at it as a writer and when the writing thing is OK and I'm happy with it, then I put on my actor's hat.
- John Cleese
(Keywords: Actor, Writer, Writing)

When a writer becomes a reader of his or her own work, a lot can go wrong. It's like do-it-yourself dentistry.
- William Collins
(Keywords: Work, Writer, Wrong)

A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose.
- Samuel McChord Crothers
(Keywords: Prose, Writer, Writing)

Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.
- Roald Dahl
(Keywords: People, Fiction, Writer, Writing)

I could tell it was a popular move as a writer to walk down the bass lines while you were writing a song.
- Gavin DeGraw
(Keywords: Popular, Song, Writer, Writing)

My family is involved and my wife Brenda is a great, great writer. She helps me with the writing of everything and also sings with me. I owe a lot to Brenda.
- Rick Derringer
(Keywords: Family, Wife, Writer, Writing)

Understand, I had absolutely no interest in writing; I wanted to be a Writer.
- Kate DiCamillo
(Keywords: Interest, Writer, Writing)

The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.
- E. L. Doctorow
(Keywords: Reason, Writer, Writers)

The first essential in writing about anything is that the writer should have no experience of the matter.
- Isadora Duncan
(Keywords: Experience, First, Writer, Writing)

Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong sense of narrative drive.
- Helen Dunmore
(Keywords: Books, Children, Sense, Writer, Writing)

For what I wrote that started this whole controversy, I deserved to be criticized, and I felt bad about writing it. I felt bad mainly as a writer and a thinker.
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Keywords: Controversy, Writer, Writing)

By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication.
- Ralph Ellison
(Keywords: Communication, Identity, Importance, Sense, Writer, Writing)

I am a writer. I could not afford to take 15 months off from my writing career to play detective.
- James Ellroy
(Keywords: Career, Months, Play, Writer, Writing)

Life can't defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death.
- Edna Ferber
(Keywords: Death, Life, Love, Defeat, Writer, Writing)

I've been writing about James Fenimore Cooper. He was not a writer. Here was a man who was 30 years old and had never put anything more than his signature on paper.
- Leslie Fiedler
(Keywords: Man, Old, Writer, Writing, Years)

My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Idea, Writer, Youth)

The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.
- Gene Fowler
(Keywords: Successful, Forget, Writer, Writing)

Having been an actor and a writer for so long - 20 years or so - I felt that it would be daft to go to one's grave without having directed. It's a natural extension of writing and acting, and so I knew it would happen one day.
- Stephen Fry
(Keywords: Acting, Actor, Day, Grave, Writer, Writing, Years)

For a long period in my life - it lasted about 10 years - I had writer's block.
- Mary Garden
(Keywords: Life, Writer, Years)

If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who wants to convey information. Language or writing is a code.
- Clifford Geertz
(Keywords: Information, Language, Writer, Writing)

When I went to college I took a creative writing class and decided in a week to be a writer.
- David Guterson
(Keywords: Class, College, Writer, Writing)

When writing isn't going well-then the bad thing about being a writer is that I also have the freedom and flexibility to do something badly, and no one else can fix it for me.
- Margaret Haddix
(Keywords: Being, Flexibility, Freedom, Writer, Writing)

I don't remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away.
- Mark Haddon
(Keywords: Hope, Being, Gay, Writer, Writing)

The time of illusion, then, is the beautiful moment of passion; it represents the artistic zone in which the poet or romance writer ought to be free to do the very best that he can.
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Keywords: Time, Romance, Illusion, Passion, Writer, Zone)

Every writer I know has trouble writing.
- Joseph Heller
(Keywords: Trouble, Writer, Writing)

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
- Ernest Hemingway
(Keywords: Being, Dignity, May, Water, Writer, Writing)

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
- Ernest Hemingway
(Keywords: People, Character, Living, Writer, Writing)

I think if I had been writing fiction, where the work is entirely dependent on the writer's creativity and the potential directions the narrative might take are infinite, I might have frozen.
- Laura Hillenbrand
(Keywords: Work, Creativity, Fiction, Infinite, Potential, Writer, Writing)

I have always been a writer of letters, and of long ones; so, when I first thought of writing a book in the form of letters, I knew that I could do it quickly and easily.
- Laurence Housman
(Keywords: Thought, First, Letters, Writer, Writing)

Depending on what I'm working on, I come to the writing desk with entirely different mindsets. When I change form one to the other, it's as if another writer is on the scene.
- Evan Hunter
(Keywords: Change, Writer, Writing)

What I do believe is that there is always a relationship between writing and reading, a constant interplay between the writer on the one hand and the reader on the other.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Keywords: Reading, Writer, Writing)

I think I had actually served my apprenticeship as a writer of fiction by writing all those songs. I had already been through phases of autobiographical or experimental stuff.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Fiction, Songs, Writer, Writing)

What is difficult is the promotion, balancing the public side of a writer's life with the writing. I think that's something a lot of writers are having to face. Writers have become much more public now.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Life, Now, Promotion, Public, Writer, Writers, Writing)

I'd wanted to be a writer and when I came back to New York worked as a musician too, but I found my writing starting to get more and more referential to cinema.
- Jim Jarmusch
(Keywords: Cinema, Writer, Writing)



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